Mozart's Idomeneo is a masterpiece that’s only beginning to gain its rightful place in the composer's canon. The opera does have an outlandish plot — complete with conniving gods and a carniverous sea monster — but it’s also blessed with some of Mozart’s most beautiful music and a troupe of opera’s most touchingly human characters.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Mozart's trendsetting, and trend-breaking Idomeneo, from the Vienna State Opera. Tenor Michael Schade stars in the demanding title role, in a production led by conductor Christoph Eschenbach.
Idomeneo: Michael Schade (tenor)
Ilia: Chen Reiss (soprano)
Idamante: Margarita Gritskova (mezzo-soprano)
Elektra: Maria Bengtson (soprano)
Arbace: Pavel Kolgatin (tenor)
High Priest: Carlos Osuna (tenor )
Oracle of Neptune: Sorin Coliban (bass)
Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor